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The Oceanaire Seafood Room

1201 F St NW, Frnt 1, Washington DC, DC 20004-1217
+1 202-347-2277
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“baked alaska” (43 reviews)
“seafood” (151 reviews)
“crab cakes” (99 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00 Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1201 F St NW, Frnt 1, Washington DC, DC 20004-1217
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1 - 10 of 694 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the best fish ever, halibut topped with lump crab; best mashed potatoes and creamed corn. Great and attentive service.

Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is close to the White House and is a very nice restaurant and a great seafood presentation. The food is very good and the service is the same. I recommend this restaurant

Thank Petre2017476
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As I love grab cakes I tested some restaurant with such a dish in their menu in Washington. At resent this is my preferred restaurant. Do not forget fried calamari as well.

Thank 865MarioP
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant has never disappointed. It is our first stop for dinner when we arrive in DC. The food is ALWAYS AMAZING! Service excellent! Dessert( key lime )beyond words. Special thanks to John. He was not our server this nite( 10/19) but came over, remembered...More

Thank DocDarr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oceanaire has a new menu everyday. I've only been once, so I don't know how much it changes from day to day, or if there are certain dishes that are always available. However, the day we went, they had some kind of African prawns that...More

Thank TravelerTP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The halibut was excellent but pricey and every wine on the list was right up there -- $19 for a a glass of French wine, for instance, and don't think there was anything below $15. Ate a bar with was lively, but could use stools...More

Thank HelenAtlanta
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to come to this place a lot in the early noughties and remember excellent oysters. Spending a few nights in DC now, I decided to give it a revisit. Twice. Not much about the place has changed including the efficient service and excellent...More

Thank azad-musafir
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It had been years since we dined here and were excited to return, dinner before a show. True classic seafood restaurant with fresh fish, entree style or simply grilled. What's not on the dinner menu, but worth ordering, is the seared tuna. Nothing was really...More

Thank live4wknds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended by my Marriott hotel concierge. The service I received was excellent. Markus and Shad (?) were attentive to me even though they also had a table of 12 to attend to. I had fresh oysters from the east coast, amazing lump...More

Thank ThunderBay17
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Impressions- Gluten friendly, fine dining look and feel with a modern stainless steel seafood bar available, professional service, seafood with a few steaks for carnivores, expensive, overpriced American wine list with by the glass available We arrived and were seated within a few minutes of...More

Thank JRAJ444
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28 March 2017|
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Response from SuzanneSays | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's expensive and they do have crab legs. We consider it an occasional splurge to go here. P.S. Their crab cakes are good.
Kevin T
3 June 2016|
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Response from cordobac | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 F St NW, Frnt 1, Washington DC, DC 20004-1217
  • Public Transportation: Metro Center - 12th & F Street exit
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-347-2277
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The Oceanaire provides the perfect setting to enjoy the freshest seafood flown in daily from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will delight you with exceptional service - guiding you through the wide variety of items on our menu and helping you select the perfect wine to complement your meal. You'll find out why The Oceanaire has been voted one of the best seafood restaurants in the country.
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